1903 Cincinnati Reds season

1903 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s) Garry Herrmann
Manager(s) Joe Kelley
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The 1903 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 74–65, 16½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Regular season

After a successful 1902 season in which the Reds finished the season at .500 after finishing in last place in 1901, Cincinnati was looking to continue their improvement.

Joe Kelley, who took over as player-manager with sixty games remaining during the previous season, began his first full season with the team. During the off-season, forty-year-old outfielder Dummy Hoy retired. Hoy had played with the Reds from 1894–1897, before returning to the team for his final season in 1902. Twenty-five-year-old Mike Donlin took over for Hoy. Donlin had appeared in only 34 games with the Reds in 1902, but as a regular with the Baltimore Orioles of the American League in 1901, he hit .340 with five homers and 67 RBI.

In his first full season with the team, Donlin hit a team high .351 with seven home runs and 67 RBI, while scoring 110 runs. Cy Seymour, also in his first full season with the Reds, hit .342 with seven homers and 72 RBI. Jake Beckley had another solid year, with a .327 batting average, two home runs and 81 RBI. Harry Steinfeldt hit .312 with six home runs and a club high 83 RBI, while player-manager Kelley batted .316 with three homers and 45 RBI.

On the mound, Noodles Hahn led the way, going 22–12 with a 2.52 ERA in 34 starts, completing all of them. Jack Sutthoff was a surprise, going 16–9 with a 2.80 ERA in 30 games after spending the 1902 season in the minors with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association.

Season summary

Cincinnati got off to a very slow start, losing eight of their first nine games to quickly fall into the National League cellar, 5.5 games out of first. The Reds rebounded by winning six of their next seven, then they hovered around the .500 in fourth place for pretty much the entire season after that. With their record at 44–43, the team managed to go 30–22 over their last fifty-two games to finish the season in fourth place at 74–65, which was their best record since going 83–67 in 1899, 16.5 games behind the pennant-winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9149 0.650 46–24 45–25
New York Giants 8455 0.604 41–27 43–28
Chicago Cubs 8256 0.594 8 45–28 37–28
Cincinnati Reds 7465 0.532 16½ 41–35 33–30
Brooklyn Superbas 7066 0.515 19 40–33 30–33
Boston Beaneaters 5880 0.420 32 31–35 27–45
Philadelphia Phillies 4986 0.363 39½ 25–33 24–53
St. Louis Cardinals 4394 0.314 46½ 22–45 21–49

Record vs. opponents

1903 National League Records

Boston 9–117–13–17–138–1210–8–15–1512–8
Brooklyn 11–98–1210–107–12–211–8–19–1114–4–1
Chicago 13–7–112–89–118–1212–612–816–4
Cincinnati 13–710–1011–912–1012–8–24–1612–7
New York 12–812–7–212–88–1215–510–1015–5–1
Philadelphia 8–10–18–11–16–128–12–25–154–16–110–10
Pittsburgh 15–511–98–1216–410–1016–4–115–5
St. Louis 8–124–14–14–167–125–15–110–105–15


1903 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2BTom Daly8030790.293138
SSTommy Corcoran115459113.246273
OFMike Donlin126496174.351767

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Kelley105383121.316345
Jack Morrissey298922.24709


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Noodles Hahn3429622122.52127
Bob Ewing29246.214132.77104
Jack Sutthoff30224.21692.8076
Jack Harper17135894.3345

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Buck Hooker10000.000


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